Macao is a special place
For more than four hundred years, Macao has served as a meeting place between the peoples of the East and West, and particularly between those of Europe and China. Their diverse influences, of language and culture, of art and artefact, stretching back over the centuries and coming from far afield, are all evident in Macao today. Little wonder that its historic centre is designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities (FAH) of the University of Macau is ideally placed to engage with, and contribute to, the special qualities of Macao, since as a Faculty it is concerned fundamentally with studying the diversity of human experience and the stories, ideas and words that help us to make sense of who we are and of our place in the modern world. Our approach to the diversity of human experience emphasizes the systematic study of languages and literatures, of key ideas and frameworks of belief, especially of those peoples who have helped to shape Macao.
Fields of Study
Thus, our fields of study include Chinese, English, Portuguese, Japanese, Philosophy and Religion. We also have a very important place for Translation in our work, since many of the cultural cross-currents that have influenced the present have been mediated via translation. FAH is also an important contributor to the University-wide programme in General Education, bringing essential elements of a holistic education to a wider university audience.
UM Linguistics among Top 250 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
UM’s Linguistics has been ranked among the Top 250 in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. The ranking result indicates that UM is gaining increasing international recognition for high quality teaching and research, especially in the area of linguistics.
Welcome to FAH!
“FAH is a new Faculty, created at the dawn of the new era. Along with other Faculties at the University, FAH plays a fundamental role in carrying out the University mission of a student-centered, research-focused, and service-oriented world-class public institution through its “four-in-one” whole person education model.”
Prof Hong Gang Jin
Dean of FAH
Students in FAH programmes have the opportunity to achieve a very high level of skill and fluency in at least one language other than their native language.
Riches of Cultures
Students can encounter the riches of other cultures as they study their own cultural traditions and achievements as well as the various perspectives on the human condition.
First-year students can participate in the mentorship programme on voluntary basis in which they are paired with staff mentors to help them make the transition to university life.
The Faculty operates student exchange programmes with universities around the world. These exchange programmes provide students with international exposure that prepares them for an increasingly global workplace.
Research and Innovation
FAH academic staff members are actively involved in research projects that help them keep abreast of the latest knowledge in their respective fields. This allows them to bring that knowledge into the classroom, ensuring that students’ education is timely and relevant.